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this fight of the middle class comes at a time when the president is on the defensive and lost some ground in key areas. cnn orc poll tonight shows the president's lead is half a point outside the margin of error. last month he was leading with nine points. we told you last night about a pew poll which shows romney leading obama. you can see also barely outside the margin of error. in that same poll, the president's 18-point lead among women disappeared. he's now running even with romney. so who is winning this vital war over middle class tax cuts? rah ham salon joins us and john avlon, senior political columnist at "newsweek" and "the daily beast." this debate over $5 trillion and what you're trying to do and on the backs of the middle class, this isn't just about a number and who is using a number specifically in what way. it goes to the heart of whether the president is going to win. >> in 2008, barack obama did something incredibly brilliant. he actually managed to outflank the republicans on taxes, which was their biggest, most potent issue for literally decades, by saying, hey, if yo
-ed that appeared on cnn.com and the headline was romney's wrong on the middle east, comma, defense spening. here's a little of what you're so upset about. mitt romney said it today. >> in a place like syria for instance, we should through our partners in the region, work to identify dissidents within syria that are responsible people, try to bring them together, provide weaponing and funding and they can promote their agenda. >> provide funding and weapons for them so they can defend their agenda. >> i have two questions. number one, when we get involved with war or providing weapons, it needs to go before congress. the constitution says that is the prerogative of the legislatures. it's difficult to know who friend and foe are. over a decade now in afghanistan. we have trouble telling friend from foe. the people we're training, the afghan soldiers, are turning their weapons on us. so, how are we supposed to know, who is our friend and foe? there's a significant christian population in syria. they fled from iraq after the war began. they felt it was safer to be under assad. what is that christian
and not be imposing these devastating defense cuts. because what that does, when we show -- when we look weak, our enemies are much more willing to test us. and our allies are -- >> with all due respect, that's a bunch of mularkey. >> why is that so? >> nothing he said is accurate. >> be specific. >> i will be very specific. number one, this lecture on embassy security. the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by $300 million below what we asked for. number one. so much for the embassy security peace. number two, governor romney, before he knew the facts, before he knew that our ambassador was killed, he was out making a political statement, which was panned by the media around the word. word. --world. and this talk about this weakness. i don't understand what my friend is talking about here. this is a president who has gone out and done everything he had said he was going to do. this is a guy who repaired our alliances to the rest of the world follows us again. this is a guy who brought the entire world, including russia and china to bring about the most devastating, most devastati
of the charges date back into the '90s. >>> and defense secretary leon panetta expressing his disappointment with karzai. karzai wants the u.s. to send weapons and planes to the air force, but leon panetta told them karzai should not be complaining. >> we have lost over 2,000 u.s. men and women. we have lost forces there, and the afghans have lost a large number of their forces in battle. those lives were lost fighting the right enemy, not the wrong enemy. and i think it would be helpful if the president every once in a while expressed his thanks for the sacrifices that have been made by those who have fought and died for afghanistan. rather than criticizing them. >> let's talk a little politics now, you can score one for the obama campaign in ohio. at least every ohio voter can now vote the weekend before the election. the federal judge sided with president obama's campaign and overturned a restriction on early voting that the state republicans had put in place. it would have limited the weekend voting to u.s. military amilies and people living overseas. >>> and a cap on what many are calli
an opportunity to present his side and he didn't present it adequately. so the defense is saying well, they're commenting on the fact he didn't testify at trial. that's a big no-no. i don't think they went on that because they voluntarily submitted him to this interview, so now, they're going to come in front of a jury and say well, it was wrong for the prosecutor to refer to an interview that we orchestrated? i don't think they're going to win on that. the second point is the case went so fast. >> it did. it was weeks, not months. >> he was only arrested last november of 2011. the case was over in less than nine months with huge numbers of alleged victims, so it went to trial -- >> the trial itself was very speedy. >> in looking at the law, you have a right to a speedy trial. i never heard of a right to a slow trial, have you? that's what they're saying. they pushed us into it and we couldn't prepare. that's the second biggest thing. >> any good litigator will tell his client, don't go in there tomorrow, don't apologize necessarily, i can't have you on the record admitting to this if you'r
, foreign policy and defense reporter for politico. tim, good morning. what do you expect romney to focus on in his speech at the virginia military institute on monday? >> yeah. the virginia military institute speech is going to focus primarily on foreign policy. it's going to be a big, broad speech about what he would do as commander in chief, and you can expect him to go straight to benghazi, to go straight to what he views as the president's inability to kind of take an aggressive foreign policy stance on the global stage. no doubt he is going to mention veterans, and i think he will also see him talk about his plan to raise defense spending. up to 4% of gdp, which is higher than it is even now. >> this is certainly about posturing, about sounding presidential, but how does this compare to president obama's last major foreign policy speech, the one that he maude at the united nations general assembly? >> it's going to be quite different. i mean, the president is probably more conciliatory and mitt romney is going to take a more aggressive tone towards arab states. he is going to ramp u
. let's check the headlines overseas and begin in israel. defense minister released a statement saying israel views the flyover very severely and it's considering a response. it is not clear where the drone originated. it was not carried any weapons or explosives. >>> and we're learning this morning that south korea has reached a deal with the u.s. to extend its missile range. it will now be able to fire missiles up to nearly 500 miles, a distance long enough to reach into north korea. the goal is to deter military traffic out of pyongyang. this is as a result of the test fire back in april. >>> a cleric is set to be arraigned on tuesday. he faced a federal charge in new york yesterday for his first court appearance. he has one eye and wasn't allowed to wear either of his prosthetic arms. he and four other suspects arrived from london early saturday after a legal battle. >>> three shells fired from syrian troops crossed into turkey yesterday. villagers could hear gunfire from their homes. turkish troops fired back. the u.s. security is concerned about the exchange of fire saying the co
, the chief of staff of the army that became the secretary of state and secretary of defense, who helped plan europe's rescuer from despair. his commitment to peace was born of his direct knowledge of the awful costs and consequences of war. general marshall once said, quote, the only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it. those words were true in his time, and they are true in our time. last month our nation was attacked again. a u.s. ambassador and three of our fellow americans are dead. murdered in benghazi, libya. among the dead were three veterans. all of them were fine men on a mission of peace and friendship to a nation that clearly longs for both. president obama has said that ambassador chris stevens and his colleagues represented the best of america, and he is right. we all mourn their loss. the attacks against us in libya were not an isolated incident. they were accompanied by anti-american riots and nearly two dozen other countries, most in the middle east and also in africa and asia. our embassies have been attacked and our flag burned and many of our citizens have been
always stand up for peace, democracy and individual rights and not be imposing these devastating defense cuts. because what that does, when we show -- when we look weak, our enemies are much more willing to test us. and our allies are -- >> with all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey. >> why is that so? >> nothing he said is accurate. >> be specific. >> i will be very specific. number one, this lecture on embassy security. the congressman here cut embassy security in his budget by $300 million below what we asked for. number one. so much for the embassy security piece. number two, governor romney, before he knew the facts, before he knew that our ambassador was killed, he was out making a political statement, which was panned by the media around the world. and this talk about this weakness. i don't understand what my friend is talking about here. this is a president who has gone out and done everything he had said he was going to do. this is a guy who repaired our alliances so the rest of the world follows us again. this is a guy who brought the entire world, including russia and ch
, i don't even know how to begin to explain it. in my defense, the apes wanted me to do that so i did it. the apes told me they wanted me to do it. how? i can't even begin to explain and i did not have to smear anything on myself. that's a plus. because really, it's all about maintains one's dignity. that does it for us. see you again one hour from now. >>> thanks for watching, erin burnett starts now. >>> a three minute tape released on penn state radio from jerry sandusky. >>> blockbuster, especially on the eve of sentencing. >>> also, obama taking a dive, a big one, it's a brand new poll. is it a sign much things to come? we'll dig into that. >>> and more on the attack that killed an american ambassador in libya. why was a request for extra security in that country denied in the first place? >>> good evening, everyone, i'm ashley banfield in for erin burnett. tonight and "outfront," the obama slide. a brand new poll of likely voters showing mitt romney out ahead and leading the president 49-45%. and look at this. since last month, the president is down six percentage points in that
the last few years. >> reporter: and he had support. travis sharp who studies defense spending at center for new american security says the proposed cuts of tanks were a no-brainer. >> we a relatively conservative institution like the u.s. military which does not like to take risks because risks get people killed says it has enough tanks, i think generally civilians should be inclined to believe them. >> reporter: but while the defense bill isn't finished yet, you the taxpayer are still likely to be on the hook. for fixing up tanks the army doesn't want. so who decided the general was wrong? that he actually does need more tanks? i'll give you one word. congress. >> i think that there are better things that they could be doing with that $3 billion. but the fact that the military is having such a hard time getting this relatively small amount of money to be saved, i think is an indication the huge uphill fight that the military faces when it comes to congress. congress is going to fight tooth and nail to protect, defense investments that benefit their constituents and the people that live
. also renowned criminal defense attorney, mark geragos. you say jerry sandusky is opening the wound for the victims by releasing this statement. >> yes, anderson, i believe he is. what's happening is that sandusky is taking every opportunity to continue to torment these victims. he's now accusing them, in fact, he made a direct reference to victim one by saying he started everything. there is no conspiracy here. there is no making these accusations for any reason other than to put mr. sandusky behind bars for the rest his life because of the heinous acts that he perpetrated on these victims. >> mark, what about this? he is alleging this basically huge conspiracy against him by just about everybody, putting out a statement like this the night before the sentencing hearing, is that something you would ever advise a client to do? >> no. the last thing you are going to want to do is advise a client i want you to go in there, you're better off just saying nothing. however, as a practical matter, he's going to get a life sentence, whether it's a number of years, whether it's consecutive,
. >> criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, cnn legal contributor. hello, ba paul. >> good morning, carol. surely the judge has heard this, do you think? >> oh, yes. the drama last night when networks were trying to figure out if this was for real or a prank. people were shocked that he would submit this to a college radio station. a lot of us were worried that this might be aa college prank but it is for real. >> how will it factor into his decision? >> he will look at a 45-count indictment and conviction. he will look at the fact that there are ten boys who were sexually abused over a 15-year period and also sandusky's background a. when this tape comes up, the context will be -- lot of times a judge will look at the defendant and say does he feel sorry for the crime he committed? has ahe committed himself to rehabilitating himself? number one he blames the judge because the trial came too fast and blames a huge conspiracy which consists of lawyers, prosecutors, psychologists to convict him of this crime. finally, and most startingly, he blames the victims, the boys who brought t
-term joend. to the extent the president outlined goals during the debate, they were largely defensive. >> i think he was criticizing the ryan-esque vision on medicare and taxes. it's hard to say what else he displayed passion about. i have felt all year this is the biggest hole in their campaign. i don't think he has given americans a clear sense of what he would do to make the next four years better than the last four years. there was almost no second-term agenda. things that have been -- what is it that obama himself wants to do? certainly in this next debate he's going to be more aggressive. can he be more persuasive about his own plans? >> and mitt romney ought to be more aggressive in pushing the president to talk about his agenda. because of course the president is tying him to the ryan budget, for better or worse, what is he going to do about medicare, what's he going to do about tax reform. it is true that romney hasn't put a lot of meat on the bones when it comes to what he would do to reform the tax code. what deductions would he cap. he started getting at that a little bit this p
look, if you didn't see it, i don't even know how to begin to explain it. in my defense, t apes wanted me to do that so i did it. they told me they wanted me to do it. how? i can't even begin to explain and i did not have to smear anything on myself. that's a plus. because really, it's all about maintains one's dignity. that does it for us. see you again one hour from now. another edition of "360" at 10:00 eastern. "piers morgan tonight" starts now. >>> tonight, game on. the new mitt romney now in the lead. a confident candidate, a major speech. >> i know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous middle east but hope is not a strategy. >> plus, neck and neck. sometimes it is about the horse race. to the man who arguably knows more than anyone about what the numbers in this race mean, nate silver. and battleground america. is romney gaining ground with female voters? women on the left and right go toe to toe. also, worldwide exclusive. what you haven't heard about the man who shot trayvon martin, the first television interview with george zimmerman's mother. why
-- >> and you're going to increase the defense -- >> we're not going to cut the defense budget. they're proposing -- >> by $2 billion. >> more than that. no massive -- >> no, we're saying -- >> defense increase. >> you want to get into defense now? >> we want to work with the congress on how best to achieve this. that means successful. >> no specifics? >> what we're saying is lower tax rates 20%, start with the wealthy, work with congress to do it -- >> and you guarantee this math will add up? >> absolutely. >> wolf, at times this looked like it was a three-way debate, and it was definitely different from last week's moderating from jim. >> that's right, jim took a much more hands-off style. he let the two presidential candidates go at it in that particular debate. we knew romney went at it. the president didn't go at it so much. i suspect that's going to be different in this debate. martha raddit sfwl of abc news, she got involved, and she haves much more controlling, if you will, in terms of the questioning, making sure that both had relatively the same amount of time and allowing
and he is in a dead heat, as you know right now. if he plays prevent defense and i know his consultants are going to want him to be very, very careful and not make a mistake. that's how you will lose to barack obama. in the radio clip, my point was, he is going to come out swinging and he's going to come out maybe with a few punches below the belt. romney is going to do what he did in the first debate. that is, american voters are very interested in style, maybe even more style over substance and that was the first debate you've ever seen where barack obama was outstyled. body language, mitt romney looked much more presidential and come out mitt romney and continue to strike contrasts say that we are not a government with a country, we're a country with a government and empower the people in every way possible and point out that, you know, americans have lost 40% of their net worth under this administration. as you pointed out earlier, gas prices are twice as high. we have acts of war on anniversaries of 9/11 with no response other than appointing the task force to understand whether it
pedophile and former defensive coordinator is speaking out from jail. he was convicted in june of sexually abusing ten boys over 15 years and tomorrow, he will find out whether he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars. but today, in an extraordinary move, sandusky released a statement in his own words which aired on penn state radio. he denies the abuse, blames the victims and proclaims his love for his wife. you've really got to hear this. to even try and believe it. >> in my heart, i know i did not do these alleged disgusting acts. my wife has been my only sex partner and that was after marriage. our love continues. the young man whose dramatic, veteran accuser and always sought attention started everything. he was joined by a well orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, penn state, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. they won. i've wondered what they really won. attention, financial gain, prestige, will all be temporary. >> and on and on he whines in similar vein. frankly, that's enough for me. i don't have the stomach for any more of this and i'm
when our words are not backed by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity. it is time to change course in the middle east. one final thing, carol, on a campaign conference call yesterday romney's foreign policy team talked about some presidents of past they might be shaping their foreign policy principles after. they talked about the presidencies of jfk, truman and even bill clinton. after that first debate when a lot of pundits on the right and the left were sensing that mitt romney might be moving to the middle on domestic policy issues, there might be some of that on foreign policy when we hear this speech later on this morning. >> jim acosta, we'll check back with you. >>> okay. let's take another peek at the obama campaign's preemptive strike. remember, it's called a prebuttal because it's challenging a speech romney will not give for a couple more hours. listen. >> when our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya, "the new york times"
years as undersecretary of defense for policy. michelle, good to see you. the new ad that is out now, you know, everybody has on the job training here. we know that president obama, when he first came into office didn't have a lot of foreign policy experiences. can you cut mitt romney some slack on that first visit, or do you think that really indicates a lack of understand ogt world stage? >> well, his initial performance abroad certainly did not inspire confidence. the truth is beyond that he hasn't been able to articulate a clear vision as to where he would take this country. he talks a lot about criticizing the president, criticizing his policies, but when you actually look at what he says, there's -- he seems to either embrace the president's plan or where he differentiates himself, really goes way, way from the mainstream and takes us into some pretty uncertain territory. i think that the thing that makes people uncomfortable about him as a potential commander in chief is this sense of a lack of compass. where exactly would he lead. he doesn't seem to know that. >> the only dif
of defense that has skyrocketed in the last ten years. and what's more frightening, by the pentagon's own estimates, there were more like 19,000 assaults last year. but most went unreported and unpunished. in case you were wondering, women aren't the only ones at risk. men, both gaye a and straight, e up 12%. all victims. former army cadet cole welsh and attorney susan burke joining me now. good morning to both of you. cole, i'd like to start with you. you along with 18 other men and women have filed a lawsuit against current and former members of the military, like leon panetta and donald rumsfeld. you say that you and your partner were raped by your staff sergeant and infected with hiv. tell me briefly if you can what happened that night. >> those details are very personal to me, and -- i mea-- >> i mean, where were you? >> basically i went to have a beer with a buddy that was introduced to me through mutual friends. unfortunately, this person had an ulterior motive and it led to some really awful consequences. >> and you say the military has betrayed you as a result of this. how so? >>
satellites or defense purposes, but you need the government to go beyond there. i don't think private enterprise, people talk about going to mars on private space ships, but it costs so much money. to go to mars would cost several hundred billion dollarsuric i don't see a business plan tham ma that makes it worthwhile. i suspect it's the government and i suspect may happen will be what happened in the 1960s. what will drive it will not be science, not cold war, but prestige. if china sends astronauts to the moon, i'm certain we'll quickly make sure we have astronauts there as well. >> you do see there have been good things that come from space exploration as we know it? >> oh, yeah, absolutely. i think the really good things have come from unmanned space exploration. you look great sitting in an anchor's desk, but you're not really meant for space. you're a 100-pound bag of water and it's much better to send a robot. i'm so excited when i see the curiosity rover on mars. i look for the photographs, and frankly, i'm more excited by that than if a human was there because if a human was
up an aggressive attack on his challenger and roin delivered a spirit defense of conservative strategies proposed by the romney campaign. how several newspapers and w websites are describing the debate this morning. it was rapid fire. it was lively. simply put, it was hard to turn away from. i agree with that. maryland governor martin o'malley joins me now. good morning, mr. o'malley. how are you doing? >> i'm doing well, don. thank you. the vice president went out there and did what he needed to do and a lot of people are energized to see him on such an aggressive and needed calling out of the falsehoods and shell games that these other guys are proposing. >> i know you have some pull. can you talk to some folks and say one more, at least, vice presidential debate, please? that was the most interesting television i think i have seen in a very, very long time. regardless of what you think about, you know, what was actually said. it was great to watch. >> you know, i enjoyed it. i think the moderator also did a very good job. she allowed them to get into it. she allowed them to
was going to cut taxes by 20%, increase spending on the defense budget by $2 trillion, increase medicare above ryan's idea above $716 billion. you can't take in less and spend more and balance it. that's why mitt romney, buy a $2 calculator and you'll see your plan doesn't work. >> but you're forgetting, you know, we never hear where conservatives want to spend. he wants to spend on defense. he gave a speech to the virginia military institute where he talked about if i'm president i'll buy 11 ships and including three submarines. that's a lot of money. >> the admirals don't even want the ships. just the military industrial complex wants to make the ships. >> do you want to take this one? >> you got the line. we're going to rebuild spending on the homeland. >> my bad, yeah. >> in all seriousness. >> because al qaeda's got the submarines threatening. >> governor, you're an elected official. you know when you run on a plan, you can't get -- there's a danger in getting so specific up front that you give away the house before you've even been elected into office. so mitt romney has laid down
force academy so from time to time the media will focus on it. the de the department of defense will wring the hands and say, oh, yes, we have a problem, but then when the media stops paying attention, nothing has been done. no structural reforks, and it is the structure and the way in which they have people report that is the problem. they allow the chain of command, and now that sounds like a hierarchy and sounds like that is a lot of people, but what you are actually talking about is empowering one human being, one individual to unilaterally shut down the investigation and prosecution of rape. because of that structure, there is a series underprosecution. you know, only a fraction and less than 10% ever get prosecuted an convicted, and of that, far less are actually convicted of rape and they reduce the charges to things like adultery. >> and susan, we did reach out to the department of defense and we were told that secretary panetta has repeatedly stated that there is no place for sexual assault at the military tor department of defense, and sexual assault is an affront to b
was put on the defensive as far as his record is concerned. and that's because of this bubble he's been in for the last four years, and he obviously couldn't defend it. and finally, piers, i thought one of the solemn moments in that debate was when jim lehrer talked about avoiding this cliff we're walking towards, and romney talked about walking across this abyss. the president's response was sometimes you have to say no to people? and mitt said the first two years of his presidency, they just rammed things through without a single republican vote. that makes it probably one of the more important debates in american history, and perhaps i'm exaggerating because i'm so happy. >> i can't blame you. i can't blame any republicans because it's been a very bruising few weeks for the republicans and mitt romney, and then suddenly everything seems to have turned on its head. you're in a unique position because you've debated against both mitt romney and barack obama. interestingly, romney is believed from the latest polls to have won 67% to 25%. when you went head to head with obama in 2008, th
, thank you. >>> defense secretary leon panetta expressing his frustration with the leader of afghanistan after hamid karzai said the u.s. isn't doing enough to fight terrorism in afghanistan. panetta told reporters karzai shouldn't be complaining. >> we lost over 2,000 u.s. men and women. and the afghans have lost a large number of their forces in battle. those lives were lost fighting the right enemy, not the wrong enemy, and i think it would be helpful if the president every once in awhile expressed his thanks for the sacrifices that have been made by those who have fought and died for afghanistan, rather than criticizing them. >> from foreign affairs to domestic affairs. an upbeat jobs report is getting wildly different reactions. the unemployment rate fell below 8% for the first time since january of 2009. according to new numbers out yesterday, september's unemployment rate dipped to 7.8%, about 114,000 new jobs were added. president obama says the nation is moving forward, but there are still too many people out of work. mitt romney says the unemployment rate dropped mainly because
clear that for the first time, the president was put on the defensive as far as his record is concerned. and that's because of this bubble he's been in for the last four years and he obviously couldn't defend it. finally, piers, i thought one of the seminal moments in that debate was near the end, when jim lehrer talked about the lack of bipartisanship, the lack of sitting down together and averting this fiscal cliff that most americans know we're headed towards, and mitt talked about being governor of massachusetts, reaching across the aisle, having to negotiate, et cetera. the president's responses, sometimes you have to say no to people. is that, you know, and the fact is first two years, as mitt pointed out, first two years of his presidency, they just rammed things through without a single republican vote. so i think those were -- that makes it probably one of the really more important debates in american history and perhaps i'm exaggerating because i'm so happy. >> i can't blame you. i can't blame any republicans because it's been a very bruising few weeks for the republicans and
and defense. his plan doesn't address the rising cost of medicare, medicaid and social security. over the next ten years deficits would rise by $6.4 trillion. it's a good first step but budget experts say that's too high. mitt romney meanwhile has foc focused on the cuts. his economic plan, his plan avoids cutting from defense. mitt romney says he would pursue a balanced budge eight amendment that would require the government to spend only as much as it takes in. he said he would balance the budget by 2020, the end of his second term. mitt romney's issue is taxes. it calls to are a 250% cut to tax rates across the board. he said he would balance that out by closing loopholes and he would protect middle class families. they found it would be mathematically to lower rates without taking in more money from low and middle-income families. overall, the committee estimates mitt romney's plan would leave debt at 85% of gdp by the end of the decade. we've been telling you about the fiscal cliff, a combination of items that will take effect next year. but they won need to worry as much about the defici
weekend the defense department, the state department. you will hear shortly how the state department will respond to her charges. but first, my conversation with pat smith, who is still searching for answers. who told you that they would give you information? >> well, you will love this. obama told me, hillary promised me, joe biden, joe biden was a treasure, he was a real sweetheart. but he also told me -- they all told me -- they promised me. i told them, please, tell me what happened. just tell me what happened. >> so you're still waiting to hear from somebody about what happened to your son, about what they know? or even what they don't know? >> right, yes, officially, yes, i told them please, don't give me any baloney that comes through with this political stuff. i don't want political stuff. you can keep your political, just tell me the truth. what happened? and i still don't know. in fact, today i just heard something more that -- that he died of smoke inhalation. >> you so you -- so you don't even know -- >> i don't know if that is true or not. no, i don't. i don't -- i look
on the defense. he did -- >> but the problem he had, i'll put this to mike, as we can see here from a montage of joe biden, biden kept laughing at him in this sort of outrageously dismissive way. when i first began to see this i tweeted please stop doing this, this is not presidential at all or vice presidential. as it went on, i found it increasingly infectious and began laughing with him. which can't help ryan, can it? >> i don't think how much joe biden smiled or how hydrated paul ryan is is going to decide the election but i agree with on biden the way that romney did against obama. he didn't put him on the defense. he did -- >> but the problem he had, i'll put this to mike, as we can see here from a montage of joe biden, biden kept laughing at him in this sort of outrageously dismissive way. when i first began to see this i tweeted please stop doing this, this is not presidential at all or vice presidential. as it went on, i found it increasingly infectious and began laughing with him. which can't help ryan, can it? >> i don't think how much joe biden smiled or how hydrated paul ryan is
it was a complex assault. the compound's first line of defense easily breached. according to one of the libyan guards who was stationed at the gate, armed with only a radio, the assault happened simultaneously from three different directions. he says that he initially heard chanting growing increasingly louder and then suddenly the gunfire, the rocket-propelled grenades and other heavy machine gunfire all began attacking the compound. this is where ambassador chris stevens slept. part of a small suite also meant to be a makeshift safe room. here on the floor between the bed and the chair is where cnn found the ambassador's journal. it is also the same room where the ambassador was located hours after the attack first began. separated by smoke from his security detail. the u.s. initially said the assault was the result of a demonstration turned violent. >> putting together the best information that we have available to us today. our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copy
to the defense ministry here in seoul. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul. >>> these two american held a debate of their own and we'll show some of it to you. >>> president obama and governor romney were not the only two having fun. bill reilly and "the daily sh " show's" host jon stewart had a showdown of their own in washington. >> i want to hire teachers. millions and millions of teachers. >> so then your plan is basically to hire teachers. >> that's right. as many as it takes. >> governor romney, your response. >> well, jim, when it comes to jobs, president obama prefers what i call a trickledown government solution. now, my plan is different. it involves 41 basic elements, six of reversals of position and three outright lice. in bummer on number one, get us energy independent, number two, open up more trade, especially with latin america. >> the anniversary gift, i can't believe i forgot the anniversary gift. this is bad. this is very bad. >> i want my taxes to go to people who need help. >> and i am sorry that you don't want to spend your hard earned tax money on that $130 million but le
. it was a divisive win for the obama/bid obam obama/biden campaign. ryan was on defense most of the night. in terms of biden being aggressive, joe biden is authentic. he says what he means, does what he says. spoke with conviction tonight. he cares about what he's saying and that showed. that came across to the american people. >> now, congressman ryan also made the case that this has been a negative campaign and he got some points in. are you convinced that there will be a difference showing up at the polls in the coming days? >> very little movement in the polls in the last week. >> a slide for you guys. >> a slight movement. this is a close race. we said it would be a close rate up to the end. these debates important. people are starting to make decisions. tonight, two very, very different visions, the difference between lifetime of fighting for the middle class versus someone who just learned the words middle class the past four weeks. >> what should we expect from the president the next to you weeks? will his he can bait be different. >> he will come ready to go, fired up and the course of the
tough by reversing looming defense cuts coming at the end of the year, threatening to impose possible new sanctions on iran and by looking for ways to arm the rebels in syria. romney also said he would pursue a two-state solution between the israelis and palestinians, a concept he seemed to diminish at a fund-raiser that was secretly recorded and leaked to mother jones magazine. >> i look at the palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of israel. i say, there's just no way. >> reporter: the obama campaign tried to get the jump on romney's speech, releasing a new ad, reminding voters of the republican candidate's gaffe-plagued foreign trip over the summer. romney, obama aides say, is no ronald reagan, more like chevy chase. combatting that image, romney met with a group of retired generals after a speech. the romney approach would be both more muscular and bipartisan. >> if you look at harry truman and john kennedy and the use of power by bill clinton in his second term, that is a much different approach than jimm
later this morning is reverse some of those steep defense cuts that are part of that fiscal cliff that is looming at the end of the year. and here is one excerpt from the speech that we'll be hearing from mitt romney later on this morning. it goes after a chief theme of president obama. not only over his presidency but over his first campaign. here it is. it says, quote, i know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous middle east allied with the united states. i share this hope. but hope is not a strategy. we cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the middle east when our words are not backed up by deeds, when our defense spending is being arbitrarily and deeply cut, when we have no trade agenda to speak of and the perception of our strategy is not one of partnership, but of passivity. soledad, yesterday some of his senior foreign policy advisers had a conference call with reporters. they were sort of laying out some presidencies of past that they think mitt romney might share some of these principles with. and the presidencies that they mentioned w
11th attack. eyewitnesss told us it was a complex assault. the compound's first line of defense easily breached. according to one of the libyan guards who was stationed at the gate armed with only a radio, the assault happened simultaneously from three different directions. he says that he initially heard chanting growing increasingly louder and then suddenly the gunfire, the rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine gunfire all began attacking the compound. this is where ambassador chris stephens slept, part of a small suite also meant to be a makeshift safe room. here on the floor between the bed and the chair is where cnn found the ambassador's journal. it is also the same room where the ambassador was located hours after the attack first began. separated by smoke from his security detail. the u.s. initially said the assault was the result of a demonstration that turned violent. >> putting together the best information that we have available to us today, our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just
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